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Old 10-02-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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I have 2 simple 5 gallon pressure kegs that have a pouring tap at the bottom. Unsure what you'd call them by name exactly. Anyway...

I usually let my beer clear out in primary. Any knocks it takes when transferring from bucket to keg usually clear out a few days later so its no big deal. However, I'm beginning to think of efficiency rather than playing it safe, which is definitely what im doing now. So i ask this, quite simply - what's your process? I prime with sugar and end up force carbonating later on.


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Old 10-03-2011, 02:34 AM   #2
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Not sure what "efficiency" you're thinking of. Labor? Gas conservation? Product yield?

My generic process is primary fermentation in a 6.5g carboy, rack to another carboy for secondary and dry hop and/or add any aromatic spices or extracts, eventually crash cool for 3-4 days then rack to a corney keg, stick it in my keezer and apply serving pressure to it for a couple of weeks before hooking it up to a beer line. From brew day to first pour is at least 4 weeks but can be months...

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Old 10-03-2011, 08:24 PM   #3
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if you prime with sugar, you shouldnt have to force carb later. you should only have to use CO2 to push beer out.
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I'm thinking in terms of clearing in primary, secondary, or in the keg, so I can free my equipment up to begin the process again.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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I'll usually keg after 2 weeks in primary if FG is reached. A lot of stuff will settle out and the first pint or two I pull is full of sediment, but after that the beer is usually clear enough to see through. I don't even bother cold crashing unless I've used a ton of dry hops.


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